Intel introduces 13th generation Core desktop CPUs with more cores and higher frequencies

Something to look forward to: After months of leaks, Intel has finally announced its first 13th Gen “Raptor Lake” Core desktop processor alongside the new Z790 chipset. The new CPUs compete against AMD’s Ryzen 7000 series. Stay tuned for our reviews coming out next month.

On Tuesday, Intel launched its Raptor Lake processors with twice the E-Cores compared to their Alder Lake (AL) counterparts, and each cluster of four E-Cores now has access to 4MB of L2 cache ( compared to 2 MB with AL). . The P-Core count remains the same across the lineup despite using the new Raptor Cove architecture. Intel didn’t go into great detail on the new Arch, but did mention that it comes with improved speed paths and 2MB of L2 cache per core, compared to 1.25MB in the previous generation.

Raptor Lake CPUs have a larger shared L3 cache pool of up to 36MB, while the ring bus can now go up to 900MHz higher. The IMC also received an update as all models support DDR5-5600 (prior to DDR5-4800 on AL) and DDR4-3200 memory.

Intel initially launched three models, each available with and without integrated graphics. The Core i9-13900K(F) has 8 P cores and 16 E cores for 24 CPU cores and 32 threads (E cores do without hyperthreading). Clock speeds are equally impressive, with the E-cores accelerating up to 4.3GHz and the P-cores hitting 5.8GHz with sufficient cooling. It has a maximum turbo power rating of 253W compared to 240W for the i9-12900K.

The Core i7-13700K(F) packs 8 P cores and 8 E cores for 16 cores and 24 threads. The frequencies range from 5.4 GHz on the P cores and 4.2 GHz on the E cores. The performance limits are the same as the Core i9.

Finally, the Core i5-13600K(F) comes with 14 cores (6P + 8E) and 20 threads. It can accelerate its performance cores up to 5.1GHz and efficient cores up to 3.9GHz while only requiring 181W for maximum turbo.


Prices are surprisingly affordable, with the Core i9 and Core i7 models costing the same as their Alder Lake counterparts, while the Core i5 variants received a $30 price increase.

Intel has provided several graphics highlighting that the new 13th Gen processors are faster than Zen 3 and Alder Lake chips when gaming and creating content. The real question, however, is how these CPUs will hold up against AMD’s Ryzen 7000 line.



Team Blue also unveiled its new Z790 chipset yesterday. Existing 600-series motherboards support 13th Gen CPUs, but the new Z790 motherboards have eight additional PCIe 4.0 lanes and an additional 20Gbps USB port.

Intel’s 13th Gen unlocked desktop processors will ship on October 20th, the same day that Z790 motherboards go on sale. The company has also teased a pre-binned SKU that will clock up to 6GHz early next year, likely a successor to the Core i9-12900KS. Intel introduces 13th generation Core desktop CPUs with more cores and higher frequencies

Chris Barrese

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